Some of these posts will be long form, others will be short, or a list like this one.
I’ve been in the ministry now for almost a decade, and in that time there are a few things I wish I’d done differently. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all those things, but it is a practical list for anyone currently considering the ministry. As I look over the list, it occurs to me that many of the things on it are things I didn’t really consider “ministry” related (learning about accounting, leadership and organization, etc.), but now know are indispensable in order to successfully lead people. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory.
10 Things I Wish I’d Done In Preparation For Ministry…
- Taken a basic accounting class.
- Taken a class in leadership and organization.
- Been more intentional about establishing “professional” relationships and contacts.
- Learned to say “I don’t know.”
- Learned to love people, not their potential.
- Gotten over myself.
- Read more books.
- Learned to say “no,” and “I disagree” with grace and mercy.
- Taken guitar lessons.
- Gotten my undergraduate degree in something I could use to supplement my ministry salary.